6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque — 1 day

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque holiday planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Albuquerque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in April: highs in Albuquerque hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 2 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): shop like a local with The Artist Gallery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad travel route site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in April: highs in Carlsbad hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Santa Fe — 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then stop by Detours at La Fonda, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, and then get impressive views of Jemez Mountains.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad in April: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 67°F and lows are around 35°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.